More about the bones
Journal entry by Abigail Johnston — Jun 26, 2017
We went to the Orthopaedic doctor today for a consult about my right femur. He showed us the X-rays from Friday and the area of my bone that needs stabilization. Good news is that the surgery to put the titanium rod in my femur will have less recovery time than we anticipated. Surgery is likely going to happen on Friday afternoon with a one night stay at the hospital. Dr says weight bearing is possible right away and I could walk from the hospital. The only limitation to having the surgery is my white blood cell count so blood work on Thursday.
Orthopaedic doctor reviewed the bone scans from last week and called to tell me that there is a corresponding but smaller lesion on my left femur and he may want to put a rod to stabilize that bone too. Or possible that we radiate both bones after recovery from surgery on the right.
Skeletal study tomorrow
Brain MRI on Thursday morning
Blood work Thursday
Xgeva shot Thursday
Potential surgery Friday
Next chemo the following Friday
Radiation on my leg(s) a week or so after that
The X-rays today were scary. The cancer is everywhere. Holding onto what feels like the last shreds of hope and optimism tonight. Affects of chemo have not been as bad this round so that’s a positive but feeling so weak isn’t my cup of tea.
Holding onto Ps 30:5 … “Weeping may last for the night but a shout of joy comes in the morning.”
I’ve been asked repeatedly whether I have a blog and why not since I was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer in 2017. I’ve resisted since I’ve been writing and doing other things, but I’ve finally taken the plunge. I’ll be transitioning my posts from my Caring Bridge site here over the next few days and stay tuned for some new stuff I’ve been working on!
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Thanks for joining me! This blog is all about my journey with stage IV metastatic breast cancer and how that has affected me and my family. I am not a physician and cannot pretend to fully understand my disease or many of the medical issues I deal with. What I do try to understand is how I’m feeling and dealing with my disease. I offer this information as a catharsis to me and also to create a record of how I’ve dealt with the most difficult thing that has ever happened to me.
As my family and friends know, I do nothing halfway, so this is me, living life with no half measures.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton